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Read to Succeed


Changing lives, one child at a time!

United Way of Hays & Caldwell Counties has three programs that focus on increasing literacy skills and instilling a love of reading in the youngest members of our community. 

Sunday Stories is a monthly reading program offered in partnership with San Marcos Public Library on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 3-4pm. Volunteers read books centered around monthly themes and then create crafts that correlate to the books’ theme. Children of all ages are welcome to participate; however, the program is most appropriate for children ages 0-5.

Pre-K Reading Days is a monthly program that UWHCC currently runs in conjunction with Bonham Pre-K in San Marcos.  Volunteers read to classes of pre-k students once a month encouraging them to be excited about reading.  Each teacher receives the materials to create crafts with the students as well as a book for the classroom. United Way needs at least ten volunteers each month for this program.  All volunteers must have a Criminal History Background Check on file at SMCISD.  As this program grows it will be expanded to more pre-k facilities throughout Hays and Caldwell counties. To volunteer with this program, please email Analia Voss, Community Impact Coordinator, at

Change a Child’s Story Book Fund Drive runs once a year with the goal of raising enough money to provide at least five books and a literacy kit to over 1000 pre-k students in Hays and Caldwell Counties. The books and literacy kits are provided in both English and Spanish. Studies show that students with access to books in the home are more likely to graduate from high school than those without. 
To donate to this program text UWBOOKS to 41444.  One $5 donation can change a child’s story.

LIVE UNITED Library is an initiative that provides books and literacy materials to families throughout Hays County through distributions at community events, local childcare centers, and partner nonprofit agencies, like the Community Action Inc. Head Start Mobile Library.  We are ALWAYS in need of new or gently used books that will comprise our LIVE UNITED Library.  If you have books that you would like to donate, please email us at to arrange pick-up or delivery of your books.